Field Staff

Cara Carmichael

Cara Carmichael

Multi- Species Angler based out of Arnprior, Ontario.

By the time I was old enough to hold a fishing rod in my hand, my uncle had shared his exuberance for the art of fishing. It only took a few rat nests to ensure my addiction. Fishing for Bass would be the species I spend the most time targeting. My favourite technique would be flipping for Large Mouth Bass or drop shot for Small Mouth Bass. I started tournaments last year and am fortunate for the amount of time I get to spend on the water searching for new hot spots.
Last winter I spent a majority of my time in Australia learning more about salt water fisheries. I had the opportunity to catch multi species of fish including Blue Marlin, Hammerhead Shark, and Silver Bream.
This summer I had the opportunity to participate as a Instructor for a organization called “Fishing 101 for Women”.
Teaching others the fundamentals of fishing had always been a passion of mine.

Erika Rybuck

Erika Rybuck

Erika LOVE ‘S TO FISH! Fishing to her is more than a hobby. It’s getting up before her alarm even goes off. It’s the late nights spent organizing tackle trying to rig up the perfect presentation and most importantly it’s spending time with her family and friends.

Erika was born in Campbell River, British Columbia which is known as salmon capital of the world. You could basically say fishing is in her blood. Her entire family loves to get out and fish together which is about the only thing they can all agree on. “There is something about the thrill of the adventure, the smell of coffee and the feeling of the open air on your face that you just can’t stop smiling the entire time!”

“As a woman, you can’t always be surprised when you’re put down or you’re not taken seriously in such a sport, but it just makes it that much more gratifying to display your results. Some of my proudest days were spent alongside women who needed teaching or assisting and it’s no surprise to me that they’re weary to ask a male for assistance. Not everyone is as lucky as I was to have an Opa (grandpa) or a father that spent so much time with them on the water. There were definitely days I didn’t want to keep doing it, but I’m glad I did. There are a lot of my girlfriends who had never even picked up a rod before! I take pride in knowing that I opened the door to one of the greatest passions in life for them and will continue to do so for the rest of my days! That is the reason that I exist to fish”

Matt Arrigo

Matt Arrigo

Matt started fishing when he was a kid and more competitively about 9 years ago. He have some top 3 finishes in tournaments and looking to branch out to some new tournament trails. Born and raised in Bradford, ON, lived in North Bay for 6 years and currently living in Barrie. Matt is an avid multi-species angler usually targeting trout, pike, muskie, bass and walleye. He works in sales at Legend Boats in Innisfil, ON with a background of Film and TV. He has filmed and edited a few fishing segments and looking to work on some more features. Matt is a father of twin boys that love to fish already. Matt lives for the adventure! whether it’s carrying a 12ft aluminum through the bush or fishing on the deck of a nice rig, nothing beats the thrill of hunting big fish. From fishing specks through the ice up north, to fishing big walleye in Saskatchewan, there’s no distance he won’t travel looking for trophy fish and hopefully documenting it all on camera along the way.

Mike Lamoureaux

Mike Lamoureaux

Mike Lamoureux hosts three tournaments in his local waters every year: one in May for pike and walleye, a youth bass derby in July, and a Fall Bass Smash-Off in September. These events have been a big success and continue to grow every year. Mike also competes in the local ice derbies in Casselman, Embrun and Rockland, Ontario Canada. He had 2 second place finishes last year in pike division, losing one derby by a ¼ inch.

Mike started fishing at the age of 4 by worm fishing on the shores of Graham Lake in Brockville Ontario, Canada at his grandparent’s camp. He competed there in his first derby and won second place with a 4 lb largemouth bass at age 5. His passion for fishing grew from there. He moved from Ottawa to Casselman, Ontario at age 10 and discovered the shores of Nation River, furthering his passion by catching catfish, carp, mooneye, and smallmouth bass.

Mike, who is fluent in English and Canadian French, runs a successful social media group called Local Bassholes, which spans his native Canada and the US. It allows him to reach out to people and teach fishing to those who ask. ”I fish in -40c to +40c weather and nothing can hold me back from fishing. I live and breathe fishing day in day out. It is my passion and I love everything to do with this great sport. I give back to my community by hosting three local tournaments every year during the summer season and collecting food for our local food bank at these events. Mike is currently field staff for ..Lucky Bug Lures, Monster Stalker Clothing, and Eposeidon / Kast King as well.

David Cook

David Cook

Though Dave’s only been fishing a few years, he admits he’s making up for lost time. Despite battling advanced stage skin cancer, he’s keen to learn from more experienced anglers. “I have so much respect for the guys that have taken time to help me progress – I’ve met some really awesome people”. He’s out on the water every chance he gets. “Whether it’s the St. Lawrence, Erie or Simcoe, I just relish the opportunity being out there, learning and refining the skills”. He recently fished his first tournament and was able to get fish in the boat. “The weather was brutal but to be able to fish in those conditions, words can’t describe it”. Dave is currently on staff with Eclipse UPF and Liquid Mayhem.

Emily Head

Emily Head

My name is Emily, I am 21 years old from Port Perry Ontario. I have always liked to fish, but the past 6 years I have really gotten hooked ( no pun intended ha). As a kid I was raised racing motocross from age 3, when we would go to a cottage or camping I would always bring a rod and see what I could catch for as long as I can remember. The older I got the more I realized fishing was something I was truly passionate about. I have put my racing aside and now am fishing every chance I get. I love to fish because it doesn’t matter whether you are a boy or a girl, no one has the advantage and I love challenging myself to get on bigger fish every time I go out. I love that every time you go out you have no clue what the water will offer. When you hook that big personal best that is the most amazing feeling in the world. I am a multi-species angler fishing all year as well, but my main love is for the Large Mouth Bass. Nothing beats watching an absolute hog hit a top water bait. I love my casters and nothing is better then fishing heavy cover for some big buckets.

Justin Girard

Justin Girard

“I was born in Sudbury Ontario, thats where my passion for fishing began, fishing from docks and catching anything that would bite!
In my teenage years I moved to Keswick Ontario where Lake Simcoe was around the corner from my house! Not knowing anything about this huge body of water, I was determined to figure it out knowing that if I put the time in, the rewards would follow!

I’ve been fishing Lake Simcoe for over 10 years! I love Lake Simcoe so much that I now have a fishing show on Rogers Georgina called Fishing Lake Simcoe with Justin Girard! On the show, I focus on sticking to the basics of fishing, sharing tips and tricks for fishing Simcoe. We focus on bringing guests on the show who share the same passion that I do when it comes to Lake Simcoe!

You can always find me chasing giant Lake Trout out on Simcoe during any given season! Lake trout are my favorite species to target next to whitefish! But Simcoe has a great fishery and I will chase the bite wherever that may be!

When I’m not on Simcoe, you can find me chasing walleyes in the Kawartha’s or king Salmon on Lake Ontario!

Let’s go Fishing!”

Lance Richards

Lance Richards

Founder/Co-Owner of Local Bassholes. “I started fishing when i was about 7 years old when my father started to bring me along on his fishing trips. When i was about 13 I lost the fishing bug for a few years when i became involved in hockey and football which took up most of my time. I just recently got back into fishing about 4 years ago with a big help from my fishing partner Mike Lamoureux. We formed the Local Bassholes together and it has been a huge hit from the start. Our tournaments grow larger every year as well as our social media following. We have many different projects in the works to further our angling careers. Fishing is our passion and the tug is our drug!!”

Lance’s sponsors include: Lucky Bug Lures, WidowMaker Lures, Denali Rods, and Anglers Atlas

Melissa Pretty

Melissa Pretty

“My Name is Melissa Pretty. I’m 35 and from Sylvan Lake Alberta, Canada.
I’ve fished since I was very little with my parents and once my brother came along he joined right in. We have fished for years together. Every summer in the boat spin casting or bait fishing and winter ice fishing. We mostly fished for Walleye, Pike and perch at our cabin on Buck Lake.

I had always noticed the odd person with a fly rod and it always intrigued me. The casting was so beautiful and it seemed so peaceful. The art of fooling a fish with a fly yourself or someone else tied. I had to try it and challenge myself . I had a few close friends who knew people that fly fished so I picked up a cheap starter kit at Canadian Tire and asked a friend to show me the ropes. He took me to a lake in the mountains and taught be the basics of casting in the campground before taking me on a grueling hike to the mountain lake.

I picked up casting very fast and with ease and I was obsessed the very moment i hooked my first Brook Trout. It became a fast growing passion. That was 2.5 years ago and I’ve gone on to start tying my own flies and spend as much time as I can in the spring, summer and fall hiking up rivers and Into pristine lakes to find beautiful trout. I will even occasionally go out in -15 to -20 to get my fly line wet. Since starting to tie as well there is no better feeling than catching a fish on something you tied up yourself. The fact that you were able to mimic their food is a great feeling. I travel as often as I can to new places, provinces even countries to find and explore new waters. I have so many places on my list to explore! Fly fishing is something I will do for the rest of my life with so much passion and love!”

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